St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!

At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception.
This year the Pope told them… my fast translation from the Italian original: …

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/05/pope-francis-on-homosexual-seminarians-this-bridge-is-closed/


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Feast Day of Corpus Cristi

The Jewish people followed God in the pillar of cloud when leaving Egypt. God Himself lead them all the way to the promised land. We, too, follow God wherever He may lead us. The feast day of Corpus Christi will be on Sunday, June 3, after the morning Mass at St Joseph Church. We invite all people to come and join us in making a public witness of our faith. We will follow Jesus where He may lead us (to St Mary Church).


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County Fair is Early This Year

County Fair Coming Early this Year St Joseph and St Mary Parishes will have a booth at the County Fair. We will be needing help in manning the booth. The Fair starts Wednesday, June 27, and goes until Sunday, July 1. We will need a person at the fair from 11:00am till 10:00pm each day. Please call the office to sign up to be present at the County Fair.


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Bible: Acts of the Apostles #18

Paul makes his case in Jerusalem in the beginning of Chapter 22. He starts out by getting their attention. He is not getting attention just to glorify himself; his whole drive is to spread the good news about Jesus. He knows he needs to gain credibility for them to come to know Jesus, so he speaks in Hebrew (v2). My guess would be that he does not have a bad accent. Even when Peter speaks, the others comment on his accent right before he denies Jesus (Mt 26:73). My bet is that since Paul grew up in Jerusalem (v3), he was able speak well. He also drops the name Gamaliel. Gamaliel was a renowned teacher and was highly respected by most Jews at the time.   Continue reading